Grateful Dead Live at Roosevelt Stadium on 1974-08-06
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
AUD (unknown mic) MR> R> DAT> HD> Soundforge> SHN> CD, recorded by Neil Merin; plus patches from Ihor Slabicky's AUD (see info file); A>D by Noah Weiner; via Audience Devotional Tree
- 2004-04-14 10:54:42
- AUD (unknown mic) MR> R> DAT> HD> Soundforge> SHN> CD
- Jersey City, NJ
- Audience Recording
- Taped by
- Neil Merin
- Roosevelt Stadium
Subject: Listen to the whole show!
This show is another argument for why 11/73 - 10/74 is the single greatest 12-month period in Dead history. It seems to me the band turned up the urgency in '74 as compared to the more laid-back, patient, and often spacey feel of '73. There are faster tempos, such as Sugaree which is played at an 80's tempo, and the band delivers some of its most energetic and creative playing, with everyone contributing. Also, this is the year for audience recordings, with the Wall of Sound fully in effect. The audience clapping along to Sugar Magnolia and the banter between songs adds to the feeling of being there.
Only quibble is that Bob's guitar is a bit low in the mix. Also, I'm not sure if it's in the recording or just my old speakers not being able to handle full-on Phil, but there is definitely some bass buzz at times. Otherwise, the sound is pristine. Definitely download and decode the files for the best sound (someone just turned me on to Trader's Little Helper which is an easy way to decode files in multiple compression formats including FLAC and Shorten). Thank you to everyone involved in getting this recording to the Archive.
Subject: Don't Ease Me In
As another reviewer mentioned, Big River was played alot during this period, and yet I don't hear it as yet another Big River. It's like alright!!! Big River is happening!
So yeah the Eyes, Playin>Scarlet>Playin are most ut, but when the little songs blow me away, I know this is top 10 show.
Subject: wow -
and just had to say AMAZED at the clarity of this (outdoor, hidden without mic stand, from 1974) audience recording. absolutely mind-boggling that was possible. i can definitely understand now why this setup was so influential and can only hope that one day we will hear its equal again!!
Subject: Beautiful Black Peter and Ship of Fools
Subject: Jerry sans beard !!!
Subject: My first Dead show
Subject: Best of 74
By the way, ignore what anyone complaining about the quality of this AUD recording has to say. This is a fantastic recording with each instrument very evenly balanced and present in the mix. The matrix of this show is excellent as well, with the best of both SBD and AUD recordings. I actually prefer the AUD to the SBD due to the superior balance and presence between/among all instruments and vocals that is lacking somewhat on DP31.
Subject: !st Show for Me
Subject: amazing jams
Enjoy my fellow dead-heads ! Peace to you all...Bobby M.
Subject: nice sounding audience recording
Subject: Lucky this exists
Subject: Not password protected
I just downloaded the VBR MP3 zip file from the link above and had no problem opening it.
Something on your end?
Subject: Password Protected???
Subject: Giant Beachballs!
Walked in just as Bertha started, and was just mesmerized for the next 4 hours - converted for Life! Sitting half-way up in the stands center stage was a great way to experience the all-powerful Wall. Will never forget the two parallel streams of red, white and blue giant beach balls undulating from the stage to the back of the crowd during the USB encore.
Subject: Proves Dick Screwed Vol 31 by not having this whole show!
This is by any measure a very good to excellent audience tape (the vocal mix is off in a strange way at times, example GDTRFB), although when push comes to shove I prefer one of Healey's Matrix tapes Seriously, who doesn't?? If you don't know what I'm referring to check out Dane County Coliseum, 2/15/73. Also, while Dick can be faulted for combining shows, the quality of his masters cannot be denied.
High points of the Wall of Sound show (evidenced by the staggering clarity and definition of Phil's bass) are many, including a classic rendering of Eyes of the World (Jerry's energy and Phil's relentlessness. The band is in perfect synch!); a scintillating combo of Playing-Scarlet-Playing (a 36 min audio orgasm of epic proportions, and the seven song stretch from Sugar Magnolia through Sugar Mad redux is spectacular. Drums and Space are built into The Other One jam and this entire 60 minute segment is quintessential Dead -- a veritable microcosm of who they are and what they stand for. Just so damn good that it defies words, though I have tried...
Finally, this is the official kick ass monumental archive, c'mon guys, break the song lists down by sets. Not to have done so is silly, lay and in my opinion a major oversight by an otherwise dedicated and loyal group of individuals who made it possible in the first place. It has become a major disappointment for me personally for obvious reasons. Still, the positives overshadow any shortcomings in presentation. Kudos to universal access!
Subject: 1st show
Subject: A great find
Subject: absolutely perfect 74'
Subject: Modulations well preserved despite high noise levels
Set 1 - there's a reason why Eyes and the Playin' > Scarlet > Playin' are on DP31 - just give it a go, yo. Entire set is awesome.
Set 2 - it's the commanding way they dial in each and every singular tune before the suite starts - they could have left off the final hour and I'd still be a happy camper. As it is, we have a thoroughly incredible final act, framed so purposefully by Sugar Magnolia; that Other One has some :::seriously intense::: jazz meltdown-deconstruction going on - Miles Davis, eat your heart out!
Subject: We're gonna try it again Tuesday!!
Subject: Has excitement of earlier years
This show has that. Just listen to "Eyes of the World" - that's what it's all about!!
And, oh yes, if all the AUD's were like this I'd listen to them more.
Subject: #1, in my humble opinion
A grand show in the midst of the Nixon Presidency melting on the Potomac.
Subject: AUD just fine
The DP version, like many but not all DP/RT/SBD, is too quiet in the vocals and Bob's guitar. This AUD has better balance. But more than that, it is far more FUN. The crowd really adds to the feel, and in all the right places. During the great guitar jams and solos you are hardly aware of the crowd, but when it is time to applause ... YeeeHa..
Subject: rain date
They played an all-time great EYES, as well as a fabulous PITB. After the show, we found that every third or fourth car had it's window broken and it's tape player missing. A memorable week for a 17-year-old Dead Head.
About the quality of this recording: I've said this before, and I'll say it again. Thanks to this archive and the likes of Charlie Miller, we are spoiled. Sound quality wise. Back in the day, when we collected tapes (cassettes), sound quality was important, but getting the performances (relatively) uncut was just as, if not more, important. And MOST important of all was getting songs not available on vinyl - like a live performance of Doin' That Rag into The Seven into Good Lovin' (into Saint Stephen into The Eleven). Of course those of you in the know, know I am referring to the amazing concert right here in New York City, on September 29, 1969 at the Cafe au Go-Go. But there are many more examples. So let's travel back in time 38 years, and then we'll leap even further back.
It's 1974, you're 17 years old and you've quietly entered the house. It's the wee hours of the morning, and the rest of the family are asleep. It will be several hours till you can sleep, of course, because there are still several hundred micrograms of blotter swirling in your brain. So you slip on the headphones, snap in a cassette and press play...lay down in the dark...and are transported back to 1969. Five whole years! There's no time to whine about the poor sound quality, you're too busy marveling at the miracle of time travel!
I saw a neighbor I haven't seen in ten years the other day. "What happened to the motorcycle?" he asked. "And your hair! You used to have more hair!"
"You lose one," I told him, "and then you lose the other."
We are all time travelers.
Subject: Just Incredible
One of the best pre-fire Scarlets, an outstanding Playin'and just listen to Donna on Row Jimmy!
Thanks for this gift
Subject: What a 1st set
Subject: Oh yeah!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
Subject: 7:01 into He's gone
love it. Hope whoever yelled it has since revisited this show.
Subject: Roosevelt Stadium
Subject: good audience
Subject: BALLOONS & ACID
Subject: Good show
Subject: I love this show!
Subject: high and tight
Subject: GD Roosevelt Stadium 08-06-1974
The rest is history.
Subject: Phil and Ned
The Playin was nice and Eyes had a sweet jam in it too.
bertha is funky. the first set rocks. every song, right on through Jack Straw which I believe is the second set. Eyes of the World is a gem. and the Playin>Scarlet>Playin>phil and ned or whatever happens next is what makes the Grateful Dead the Grateful Dead.
Subject: Check out Sugarmegs
They're upgrading so you can't do nothing there at the moment, but soon. Lots of great shows.
Subject: plz help!
Subject: Another '74 marathon
2nd Set: People appear overwhelmed with kindness for the "UJB" opener. The perfect call - hopefully 'Seastones' didn't disturb the mindset. It wanders out into an uncertain forest - but do stay for the song. The rest of the show was discluded from the the DP #31 release...any reason why - let's see... Shit, some people are as ecstatic as me to hear "Black Peter." Were all the rules thrown out tonight? It's slow-burnin. Steady drummin and Keith's present, but the guitars and Jerr's voice lack energy. "El Paso" is nice - Bob then remarks that because the temperature keeps changing they need to tune up - once more. Some obnoxious young men are calling for St. Stephen even if they haven't played it in 18 months. Well, from the wise and well-educated to the slutty, "Loose Lucy." Pretty standard and a little sloppy. The "Big River" follows is like the others in the past week - hard-charging rock boogie. It's fine. "Ship" is nothing outstanding save some nice harmonies near the end. "Uncle" is decent and goes down easily. "Row's" a little dull as it develops its playfulness in later years. "Sugar" makes the crowd happy - is the show over? It's more contemplative than ecstatic. It's molds together jazzily - rather idisyncratic, hmmm... show ain't ending a repeat of "He's Gone" Simple execution equals success - campfire breakdown. Time for "Truckin" light and jazzy - in fact the sound of the second set closer resembles '73...Jerry's recovered the strength of his guitar. We're back aboard after unnecessary 'Paso to Jimmy.' It wants to celebrate the nighttime as it loses all drums shortly afterwards. The "Spanish Jam" remains compelling but won't fright you out of your socks. It seamlessly blends into "TOO" that completes the previous night's tease. One must imagine they're tired as it's not really exploding. Things get a little demented after the first verse...but it feels more concilliatory as the band too quickly blows their load. "GDTRFB" stumbles into a mild-mannered clap-along. "Sunshine" appropriately ends the set on a high note. Jerry thanks the crowd and strongly asserts that they're too much. The perfunctory cheery US Blues" follows.
Well, I see why the second set was barely included on the D release as it's lacking steam.
3 1/2 stars
Subject: Analog vs. Digital
Oh yea. This great show was recorded on my 20th birthday and I got to hear it a couple of months, not weeks, later. I was stoked to the gills to play it on my Roberts 770X four track reel to reel through twin Macintosh 50's and Voice Of The Theatre stacks.
Subject: Thank you Wally Gator
Subject: Very Enjoyable...
Subject: epic playing jam
Subject: Soundboard Wimps
Subject: Roosevelt Stadium concert August 1974
So weird that you would write today. I don't remeber too much from the show except hanging on for dear life. Got dared to take 2 hits of window pane. What a schmuck. It would have been safer to play on the Belt parkway.
Nonetheless. I was very proud of myself.
From the sounds of it its really too bad I missed a great great show.
Feel free to write.
P.S. I'm looking for a couple of select Dead Heads from Brooklyn (Lincoln High School vintage) early to mid 70's.
Subject: hash browned
my second summer of dead shows. preeeetty mellow. ate lots of black hash. last year's with the band much better.
Subject: Ted Hayes has it right...
Subject: SBD to trade
Subject: Pretty bad recording
Subject: Roosevelt stadium
Subject: Decent sounding audience recording, considering its age
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